Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To feel strong or immoderate desire for (that which is another's).
  • intransitive verb To wish for (something) longingly. synonym: desire.
  • intransitive verb To covet that which is another's.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To desire or wish for with eagerness; desire earnestly to obtain or possess: in a good sense.
  • To desire inordinately or without due regard to the rights of others; wish to gain possession of in an unlawful way; long for, as that which it is unlawful to obtain or possess.
  • Synonyms and To long for, hanker after, aspire to.
  • To lust after.
  • To have or indulge inordinate desire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of; -- used in a good sense.
  • transitive verb To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
  • intransitive verb To have or indulge inordinate desire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of, often enviously.
  • verb transitive To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
  • verb intransitive To yearn, have or indulge inordinate desire, notably for another's possession.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English coveiten, from Old French coveitier, from covitie, desire, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desirous, from cupere, to desire.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Middle English coveiten, from Old French covoiter (modern convoiter), from covoitié ("desire"), presumably modified from Latin cupiditas.

Examples

Comments

New comments are temporarily disabled while we update our database.

  • A word doesn't have to be long or fancy to be wonderful. Covet is a great word. It rolls off the tongue with wonderful ease and has an enticing and vaguely puerile sound to it.

    August 7, 2008

  • I agree with you 100%, EsotericWench!

    August 7, 2008

  • You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. James 4:2.

    December 15, 2010